Monday’s classes have been canceled while authorities persist in their search for 18-year-old Kevin Rodriguez, wanted on charges linked to a deadly shooting at Worcester State University.
Rodriguez, most recently residing in Lawrence, is sought for unlawful possession of a firearm and armed assault with intent to murder, relating to the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Randy Armando Melendez Jr. on campus around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, as confirmed by the Worcester District Attorney’s Office.
Following a 911 call, Worcester State University Police swiftly arrived at the scene of the shooting. There, they found two men, one of whom was Melendez, both afflicted with gunshot wounds.
Tragically, Melendez succumbed to his injuries.
The second victim, a 21-year-old man, was hospitalized with injuries that, fortunately, were not life-threatening.
Rodriguez is deemed armed and dangerous, as per the DA’s office. It’s important to note that neither the victims nor the assailants were students of the university, according to the DA’s office.
The investigation into the shooting involves Worcester Police, Worcester State University Police, Massachusetts State Police, and Massachusetts State Police Detectives under the Worcester District Attorney’s Office.
If you have any information regarding Rodriguez’s whereabouts, please do not hesitate to contact Massachusetts State Police Detectives at 508-453-7589 or the Massachusetts State Police Fugitive Apprehension Section at 1-800-KAPTURE.